On Tuesday the FDA held a hearing on BPA, the FDA defended a draft assessment it issued last month declaring that FDA-regulated products on the market that contain BPA are safe.”Right now, our tentative conclusion is that it’s safe, so we’re not recommending any change in habits,” said Laura Tarantino, head of the FDA’s office of food additive safety. The agency said more research was needed.
Researchers from the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, England, divided a representative sample of 1,455 U.S. residents ages 18 to 74 into quartiles based on BPA concentrations in their urine. The BPA data came from a 2003-04 survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The researchers found that people in the group with the highest concentration of BPA had almost three times the odds of cardiovascular disease as did those in the lowest quartile, even when factors such as race, income and education levels were accounted for. That group had a 2.4 times higher risk of diabetes.
Now, I’m no scientist, but one could make the argument that obese people have higher rates of diabetes and heart disease, and would also be exposed to more BPA through more food intake (BPA lines canned goods), but either way, Baby Bodyguards is still recommending that parents start using BPA-free alternatives for their children.
Agency Warns of Possible Melamine Contamination in Infant Formula Made in China
By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Sept. 12, 2008 — The FDA is warning parents and caregivers not to feed infant formula made in China to infants because of possible contamination with melamine, a chemical linked to tainted animal feed last year. Infant formulas made in the U.S. are safe to use.
In China, one baby has died and others have developed kidney problems linked to melamine in Chinese infant formula, according to news reports. Melamine artificially makes milk appear to have more protein; it can cause kidney diseases such as those seen in the Chinese infants, the FDA notes.
Infant formulas made in China shouldn’t be on store shelves, regardless of melamine. The FDA requires all infant formula makers to register with the FDA and to meet certain standards; no Chinese companies have met those requirements.
The FDA issued the warning just in case any specialty markets serving the Asian community sell any Chinese infant formulas; the FDA is looking into that.
The following manufacturers have met the FDA’s requirements for marketing infant formulas in the U.S.: Abbott Nutritionals, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Nestle USA, PBM Nutritionals, Solus Products LLC, and SHS/Nutricia of Liverpool, England. Their products are safe and are not imported from China or made from materials from China, according to the FDA.
Breast is best, we hear it everywhere these days. The formula companies try to convince us that their concoction is just as good, but any doctor will tell you otherwise. As a breastfeeding mother who struggled with milk supply, latching issues, thrush, clogged ducts, etc, it killed me to throw away the supply of frozen milk I had saved up in the freezer.
The other day, while on an online parenting forum, which shall remain nameless, I read a very disturbing post. It was from a new mother, that was not able to breastfeed her own baby. She was posting on the forum asking for other neighborhood moms to donate their extra milk to her. Now, I remember how hormonal I was the first few weeks after my son was born, so I was not about to lecture her on the dangers of sharing breast milk. My heart really went out to her. Here was a mother that wanted the best for her child, and could not provide the best due to an illness.
I started doing a bit of research, to see what alternatives are out there for this new mom, that wouldn’t put her baby at risk for a disease such as AIDS or hepatitis. I came across the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. All their donors are pre-screened, and the milk is pasteurized. The down side to buying breast milk is the price. The average cost is $3 per ounce. Another safe option would be to have the person you want to give you breast milk screened by your doctor to make sure they are a safe donor.
Using unscreened milk from friends or from people over the internet is just too risky. Disease is not the only rick. Alcohol, illegal drugs and legal drugs can be passed through breast milk.